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Update: Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme delayed until October 2025

The Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) aims to support in tackling climate change, through improving recycling rates, reducing litter and changing the throw away culture we have come to possess, ultimately helping to protect our environment for generations to come.

Driving business performance with Zero Waste to Landfill!

Zero Waste to Landfill is becoming more and more of a buzz phrase, but what does it mean and how can you turn waste into a financially viable resource?

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Measuring Scope 3 emissions: the importance and getting started

Carry out a scope 3 assessment will support and better enable your journey to be come net zero!

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Awaiting the WEEE reform consultation. What we know so far!

We can expect the long-awaited consultation on reforming the UK WEEE regulations in Q2 of 2023 (from April – June) confirmed by DEFRA in recent stakeholder engagement.

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2022 PRN Revenue Expenditure

A review of the expenditure of revenue generated through PRNs in 2022.

Consultation response delayed for consistency in household and business recycling in England!

The response to a consultation held 2 years ago (May 2021 - June 2021) has been delayed further by DEFRA.

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Q1 2023 Unverified Packaging Data Released

This information is still unverified with a number of reprocessors/exporters to report their figures, so these volumes will have chance to evolve before release of the verified version next month (12th May).

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Q4 2022 Verified Packaging Data Released

Friday 31st March saw the release of the final set of verified, quarterly packaging recycling data for 2022, outlining total amounts of packaging volume that has been reprocessed or exported in Q4.

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2022 Q4 WEEE collection data released

Release of Q4 WEEE collection data confirms recycling targets missed for 6th consecutive year.

Environmental Improvement Plan 2023 - What it means for the waste and resources sector?

As part of the 5 yearly updates, DEFRA published the Environment Improvement Plan 2023 on 31 January.

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Customer Focus: Janus International Europe Ltd

Janus International Europe Ltd drive forward their sustainability aspirations with Beyondly, paving the way to circular economy by closing the loop on packaging and business waste!

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HMRC declare Plastic Packaging Tax rate increase

From 1st April 2023 the UK Plastic Packaging Tax Rate will increase to £210.82 per tonne.

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Member Focus: Griffiths and Nielsen are handling their environmental obligation with ease!

Griffiths and Nielsen are handling their environmental obligation with ease..

BSI launch parallel consultations to ‘refocus’ ESOS

Two consultations launched to refocus the scheme to encompass both energy efficiency and net zero.

Member Focus: Mosdorfer CCL Systems Ltd kick start their carbon reduction journey!

Worldwide leaders in energy & technology kick start their carbon reduction journey!

Government Response on DRS for drinks containers

The government’s response to the consultation on Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland was published on 20 January 2023.

English government confirm single-use plastic ban

DEFRA are continuing to take steps towards adopting principles of the circular economy!

Comply Direct, host virtual festival to ignite environmental change in businesses!

This momentous event of 2023 will enhance your understanding of environmental expectations!

Member Focus: BTHA lead the way on toy recycling circular economy project!

Nationally recognised representative of UK toy industry spearheads research project to mitigate the end-of-life environmental impact of toys, focusing on plastic waste & electrical toy take-back schemes.

Is the UK on track to meet its WEEE recycling target? 2022 Q3 WEEE Collected Data Published

Take a look at the 2022 Q3 collected WEEE data and see how we are tracking towards targets!

Key Takeaways from the Circular Economy Festival 2022

Resource Efficiency Consultant, Charlotte Davies, highlights the key takeaways from the CIWM's Circular Economy Festival

Squire Patton Boggs: frESH Law Horizons

Monthly updates on EU and UK law from the Environmental, Safety & Health team at Squire Patton Boggs

Italian Customs and Revenue Agencies confirm Plastic Packaging Tax deferral

The Italian authorities officially confirmed last week, the suspension of the plastic packaging tax!

DEFRA publish draft Statutory Instrument for EPR as we approach the transition year (2023)

The SI forms an integral part of the upcoming Packaging EPR legislation!

Member Focus: Brainstorm Ltd tackle their compliance obligations and start their sustainability journey!

Leading toy supplier, tackle their compliance obligations and start their sustainability journey...

Nation-of-sale data for businesses newly obligated under EPR thresholds

Businesses obligated under the new lower EPR threshold likely required to report nation-of-sale data

Government publishes response to the Reforms to the PRN/PERN Systems and Operator Approval consultation

The response highlights proposals to the PRN / PERN system that will be introduced in 2024 with EPR!

HMRC provide updates to the Plastic Packaging Tax ahead of the second quarter return

Read some of the most recent updates from HMRC around Plastic Packaging Tax.

Q3 2022 Unverified Recycling Data Release

On the 22 October the EA released the unverified recycling data for Q3 2022.

International E-Waste Day 14 October 2022: Recycle it all, no matter how small!

Recycle it all, no matter how small! Find out where and how to dispose of your small electricals!

Squire Patton Boggs' Autumn Environmental Law and Product Compliance Seminars 2022

Our law firm partner are hosting their ESH seminars this autumn in their 4 UK locations.

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Single-use plastic ban: Welsh Government introduce a comprehensive single-use plastic Bill

Single-use plastic ban: Welsh Government introduce a comprehensive single-use plastic Bill.

ESOS Phase 3 – approaching the qualification date!

We are now approaching the qualification date for ESOS Phase 3, get up to speed with our video!

Net Zero Review: Government Call for Evidence

The government launched an independent review, calling for evidence on their approach to Net Zero!

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Frontloading of Emissions and Net Zero

It is critical that over the coming decade we “front load” actions on emission reductions.

2022 Q2 WEEE Collected Data Published

Take a look at the 2022 Q2 collected WEEE data and see how we are tracking towards targets!

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Net Zero or Zero Waste?

What should we do to help the planet? - Introducing the question Net Zero or Zero Waste?

Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers: A year until Scotland’s DRS goes live – how this will work & where are the rest of the UK in comparison?

With one year to go until the Scottish DRS goes live, get up to speed on how it will work!

The expected reform to the WEEE & Batteries Producer Responsibility Regulations

With the WEEE & Batteries reform consultation currently expected in Autumn 2022, what can we expect?

Single-use plastic bans explained: Scotland’s recent ban & where the rest of the UK are in comparison!

Bans on single-use plastic items, typically for the most littered food and beverage consumption...

Comply Direct host free webinar: Getting ready to support a circular economy!

Are you being asked to do more? Or to demonstrate what plans your business has to reduce its impact!

Climate change event: Plastic or Carbon, which is the biggest threat to the world's oceans?

Comply Direct, host climate change event at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Liverpool!

Member Focus: FyterTech tackling their producer responsibility obligations with ease!

FyterTech tackling their producer responsibility obligations with ease...

Customer Focus: Stocksigns Ltd work to create positive social and environmental change!

Stocksigns Ltd accelerate their carbon management strategy!

Strengthening the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS): Government Response

Government publish their response to the consultation on strengthening ESOS - here's our summary

Climate Change - the effect on our climate system!

Over recent years we have experienced extreme weather patterns and this is expected to continue...

Are the SDGs having any meaningful impact on business practices?

The sustainable development goals or SDGs are an interlinked group of goals that target sustain!

Q2 2022 Unverified Recycling Data Released

On 22 July the EA released the unverified recycling data for Q2 2022.